I am supporting ‘The Daily Mile’ campaign being run in partnership between ITV and INEOS.
The Daily Mile is a simple and free initiative that gives children the opportunity to get out of the classroom for fifteen minutes every day to run or jog with their classmates. Academic research that has been undertaken has revealed significant results, with children becoming fitter, healthier and more able to concentrate in the classroom. ‘The Daily Mile’ was first introduced by a headteacher at St Ninians Primary School in Scotland.
A dedicated call centre for teachers and parents has been set up to provide information about the initiative and how they might get involved. Teachers and parents can also find out further details on The Daily Mile website where they can sign up to join the initiative www.thedailymile.co.uk.
‘The Daily Mile’ is encouraging all schools to sign up to this scheme. It already has the formal backing of the Welsh Government.
Physical health is important and I know that schools in Flintshire are working hard to ensure that all children grow up happy and healthy. ‘The Daily Mile’ is an excellent initiative which allows children get to out and active.
I hope that headteachers in Delyn will adopt this scheme and get in contact with ‘The Daily Mile’ to show their support. The Welsh Government have led the way in giving this scheme their backing. I want to work with my colleagues in Westminster to ensure that every child in the UK has access to this scheme and that teachers have the support they need to implement it.